There is something special about donkeys! How could you not love those long fluffy ears, gentle eyes, shaggy coat and cheeky character? Come and enjoy an unforgettable donkey experience in the peaceful setting of our family farm in Wicklow. You will be warmly greeted when you arrive and we will show you around our yard and tack room and briefly talk you through the experience to make sure you feel confident and comfortable with our long eared pals. We will share some insider tips and tricks about how to look after, halter, feed and groom donkeys and then you get to try it all for yourself when we catch the donkeys from their paddock. During the time spent grooming and brushing your donkey, you will get to know each other a little and slowly build trust and a friendly bond. They are very social animals who love cuddles and a good massage with a brush. Then off we go for our tour! The walk is fairly easy with a mixture of road and forest path and we take our time and never rush anyone. There is lots of time for hugs, kisses, selfies and photos with the donkeys and some beautiful views to enjoy too. When we return it’s time to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee or hot chocolate and traditional Irish biscuits and we will share some entertaining stories about our donkeys’ unique and quirky personalities and why Ireland has a particularly strong traditional link with donkeys.
I am passionate about our little family farm in the Wicklow Mountains, where together with my partner Alan, we run a small business with our friendly horses and donkeys. For 50 years my family has offered one-of-a-kind experiences with horse drawn caravan holidays, donkey hiking tours and on farm glamping. I loved growing up in the outdoors surrounded by the most wonderful animals and a fun mix of visitors from all around the world. I used to run around the farm introducing all the visiting kids to my 4 legged friends and I love the idea that we can still do that now all grown up. Our horses and donkeys (and cats & dogs!) are so much part of the family and we love the opportunity we have to help you to get to know them and to share our little slice of wilderness with you.
Traditional Irish biscuits and some donkey treats for your 4 legged companion. We can cater for vegans & gluten intolerance…
We have lovely fresh water from our own well and lots of tea, coffee and hot chocolate for after the walk. You are welcome to…
We have a small selection of rubber boots in most sizes we can happily loan out if needed
You'll visit our family farm and glampsite at Cronybyrne, nestled close to the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough Valley and just 1hr from Dublin. It’s the perfect place to explore the Irish countryside with lots of green fields, rolling hills and fairy-tale forests. Our rural location is best suited to guests travelling by car but we can happily help arrange transport from the local train station at Rathdrum or bus stop at Ashford.
Our donkeys are naturally curious so they will want to get to know you. Nothing is compulsory, you can be involved in as much or as little of the experience as you would like. If your preferred date or start time isn't shown, please do get in touch to see whether we can customize a time for you.
Wandering Wicklow with Friendly Donkeys